Cabo Port-of-Call Picks: The 10 Best Restaurants for Cruise Ship Visitors

Generally speaking, the best restaurants for cruise ship visitors to Cabos San Lucas are those that meet three main criteria: they’re conveniently situated along, or just off, the traditional tourist track, which begins at the cruise ship terminal and winds around the marina boardwalk to Médano Beach; they’re open in the afternoon, since many cruise ship passengers have to be back aboard by dinner time; and they offer quality, regionally representative cuisine, albeit with enough menu flexibility to satisfy children and those with specific dietary needs.

Fresh local seafood and Mexican specialty dishes are featured at most of the restaurants bordering the Cabo San Lucas Marina, although many, in deference to cruise ship passengers and other tourist visitors, also offer American comfort food favorites like burgers and pizza. Solomon's Landing is a good example. The scenic and centrally located eatery offers some of the best food in Los Cabos, with enough menu options to satisfy everyone in the family (the restaurant showcases separate breakfast, lunch, bar, sushi, dinner and kids menus).

Médano Beach, meanwhile, is home to several excellent barefoot dining establishments, most notably Mango Deck and The Office on the Beach, where cruise passengers can also enjoy cold beer, fresh local seafood, and gorgeous views of Land’s End and their ship lying at anchor.

It's easy to see why this palapa-topped bar and restaurant is packed all-day, every day. The Office is a great place to sit back and watch the waves roll in, with a full bar and a large array of menu options, from breakfast favorites such as...  Read More

Old world Italian-style décor and cuisine are the hallmarks at this popular Cabo San Lucas based eatery, owned and operated by the Solmar hotel and restaurant group, and set at the foot of the city's exclusive Pedregal neighborhood. Chef Matias...  Read More

Bar Esquina is one of the signature charms of the boutique Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, offering a hip, upscale atmosphere - including a gorgeous 17-seat marble bar - and some of the best food and drinks in Los Cabos. Chef Rogelio Garcia and...  Read More

Under the guidance of Chef Enrique Díaz, Alcaravea Gourmet has evolved over the past decade from a small eatery into one of the benchmark fine dining restaurants in all of Los Cabos. Guests enter through trellised vines and flowers into a...  Read More

Not only is Lorenzillo's the premier lobster house in Los Cabos, it is also one of the area's top stops for traditional fine dining. Lorenzillo's is the sort of place where Oysters Rockefeller and Lobster Thermidor are still menu staples, and...  Read More

Named for three legendary actors from the golden age of Mexican cinema - Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís were collectively known as Los Tres Gallos (The Three Roosters) - this charming and unpretentious downtown dining spot may be...  Read More

Baja Sur's first craft brewery now has three locations - the original in San José del Cabo, a roof-top spot on the ninth floor of Cabo Villas on Médano Beach, and on the Cabo San Lucas Marina at Puerto Paraíso - all of which have proved...  Read More

Cabo Wabo has seen a lot of growth in the last twenty years, in its surroundings and in its business, which has now spun off a tequila brand and several U.S. locations. The bar was started by former Van Halen and Montrose frontman Sammy Hagar,...  Read More

Mango Deck is one of the signature stops in Cabo San Lucas, as famed in its way as local late night landmarks like Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe. Located on Médano Beach, Mango Deck is ground zero during Spring Break, pulling in huge crowds for...  Read More

What started as a taco stand is now a fixture of the Marina dining scene, with a corner location on the waterfront, just behind Tesoro Los Cabos Resort. Solomon's Landing is popular with both locals and tourists thanks to a combination of...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at, co-writer of Fodor’s 2015 guide to Los Cabos, and a regular contributor to Los Cabos Magazine and 10 Best/USA Today. He lives in Cabo San Lucas.

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